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Decentralize Somatic Mutation Testing for Better Cancer Patient Management
By M. Rabie Al-Turkmani, PhD, DABCC, FAACC; Gregory J. Tsongalis, PhD; and Donald C. Green, MB(ASCP)CM

As targeted therapies continue to be developed, molecular profiling of tumor tissues has become critical for the appropriate management of patients with various cancers. Given the complexity of management decision-making when it comes to molecular profiling, accurate and timely genomic assessment of tumor tissues is imperative for selection of optimal therapeutic strategies. While the capabilities of next-generation sequencing (NGS) have unleashed a vast amount of genomic information, as always, clinical relevancy is key. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but new instrumentation can be used in concert with other molecular technologies to create a custom solution for each individual laboratory.

CLICK HERE to read more about why even small labs need advanced diagnostics, how to implement next-generation sequencing in an efficient manner, and how to focus these technologies on better care for patients with cancer.

Do You Know . . .
What types of rapid test platforms we are likely to see in the future?

CLICK HERE to read Rapid Testing for Infectious Diseases, a Q&A with Anthony Tran, DrPH, MPH, D(ABMM), MT(ASCP), to learn more about the impact of rapid testing devices on infectious diseases such as HIV and Zika in a non-traditional laboratory setting.

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Real-Time Temperature Monitoring in a Courier System
By Lisa LeBlanc, MT(ASCP)

CLICK HERE to read Real-Time Temperature Monitoring in a Courier System by Lisa LeBlanc, MT(ASCP). This article discusses the growing demands of an expanding outreach program that involves a courier system for the delivery of samples and specimens to a central lab for processing. Given the well-known importance of the pre-analytical phase of testing, it is vital to ensure the viability of samples sent for analysis, both for the peace of mind of outreach clients, as well as the quality of care being provided.

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